Statement of Faith

I affirm traditional evangelical Christian teaching, including:


The Bible is our “daily bread” – the Word of God.  It is the main way God speaks to us!  If we don’t “eat” of it regularly (daily!), we wither spiritually.  We can only identify the false if we know the true!

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21 ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1 ESV

I believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments (66 books), is supernaturally inspired and inerrant in the original manuscripts.  I believe that it has been preserved in meaning by God throughout translation, and is both sufficient and authoritative in our lives!


I believe in one God who eternally exists and reveals Himself in three persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – each having the same nature, attributes and perfections.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  Matthew 3:16-17 ESV

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…  Matthew 28:19 ESV

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV


God is our Creator and Sustainer – life exists by Him and through Him.  The purpose of this life is knowing God.  God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, infinite, and unchanging.

To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.  1 Timothy 1:17 ESV

Lord, you have searched me and known me!
 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
 You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
 Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
 You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
 If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:1-13 ESV


Jesus is our Lord and Savior!  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)  I believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and the visible image of the invisible God.  Jesus, as God, is eternal, and by Him and through Him all things were created and are sustained.  Jesus was not created and has no beginning and no end.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  John 1:1-3 ESV

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 ESV

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.  John 1:18 ESV

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:15-17 ESV

I and the Father are one.  John 10:30 ESV

…yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.  1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6 ESV

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily… Colossians 2:9 ESV

I believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, therefore being fully God and fully man.  He lived a sinless life under the Law.  He taught and performed many wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four gospels.  By His sovereign choice He came into the world to save those of humanity who would receive Him.

 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14 ESV

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  1 John 4:14 ESV

I believe that Jesus willingly laid down His life and was crucified and died to pay the penalty for our sins.  He raised Himself from the dead on the third day. Forty days later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He has remained ever since, interceding for the saints as our heavenly High Priest. From there He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ESV

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.  Acts 1:3 ESV

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Hebrews 4:14-15 ESV

This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.  Acts 1:11 ESV

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  John 14:3 ESV


I believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Holy Trinity, possessing all the divine attributes. He convicts of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation, and has the goal of conforming them to the image of Christ. He also teaches, comforts, gives spiritual perception and understanding, and power according to our willingness to yield to Him.

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13 ESV

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Ephesians 4:30 ESV

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? 1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  John 16:7-11 ESV

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,  even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”  John 14:15-17,26  ESV

The Spirit gives spiritual gifts to each believer for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.  I respectfully acknowledge that there can be some difference of opinion surrounding the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Although I believe in the continuation of the manifestation gifts of the Spirit, they are at His discretion and for the purpose of drawing attention to and glorifying Jesus.  We see the Holy Spirit working in signs and wonders where the gospel of Jesus Christ is actively being preached, to give testimony to the truth of the gospel (as in Acts).  He “comes upon” believers on occasions as He wills, separate from His sealing ministry at the time of salvation.  God is not the author of confusion or chaos and believers must always be on guard and test the spirits.  (John 16:13-15; 1 John 4:1; 1 Corinthians 12)  One is neither more-holy nor less-holy by having these “experiences”.  (I do not believe in a separate, subsequent one time “baptism” in the Holy Spirit.  I only believe in one baptism – that by water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:19).


I believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:26-27 ESV

Through the sin of Adam, the human race has inherited a sin nature and is alienated from God.  We remain “dead in our sins” unless we are “born again”.   We are enslaved to sin and the god of this world unless we receive the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—  among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV 

Humans are morally corrupt and completely unable to save themselves by any amount of effort.  Our works to try to earn or maintain salvation are as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).


I believe that salvation is a free gift of God that cannot be earned in any way.  Salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone.  I believe salvation is an intricate dance between being called by the Holy Spirit and responding to that call at an individual level.

The Bible makes it clear that every sin has to be punished by death and paid by the penalty of innocent blood.  Jesus lived a perfect life on Earth – though He lived as a man under God’s Law, He never broke the Law.  This qualified Him to take our sins upon Himself to become a perfect sacrifice.  Jesus died on the cross to take our punishment for us.  His blood paid the price required by God for our sins.  It doesn’t end there, though.  On the third day, Jesus was raised to life, to a new eternal body.  When we join God’s spiritual family, we, too, will get a new eternal body someday.

Jesus didn’t just pay PART of our debt, or even MOST of it, leaving some on the tab for us.  He paid our ENTIRE debt.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23 ESV

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 5:12, 17-21 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 ESV

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:12-13 ESV

I believe that salvation is through each person’s choice (free will) to accept or reject God.  Jesus’ sacrificial death was sufficient to save every human, but many will reject it.  God, existing apart from time, has known since before creation (foreknowledge) what each human will choose.  Those He foreknew would believe in Jesus alone for salvation are called the “elect” and the “saints” throughout the Bible (Old and New Testament).  In the Old Testament, salvation was through faith in a coming Messiah.  In the New Testament and beyond, salvation is through faith in Jesus as the Messiah.  Saving faith is demonstrated by actions that are congruent with one’s belief in Jesus – faith without works is dead.  (James 2:14-26)  Conversely, actions do not necessarily indicate saving faith – God is aware of the attitudes and beliefs of the heart.

Saving faith involves both the intellect and the heart.  We are saved when we believe what God says about us – we are sinners desperately in need of saving – and what God says about Jesus – He is God Himself and a Savior, who paid the price for our sins.  This change of mind or heart about ourselves and Christ is called repentance and is not a “work”.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10 ESV

I believe that we are saved and kept in salvation apart from works.  God will never turn us away or “lose” us.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  John 10:27-29 ESV

I do believe it is possible to reject salvation, despite a knowledge of the truth.  This is why it is right and good to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).  While God will never lose us, it does seem possible that we may retain the ability to leave on our own free will.  It is possible that those who leave never were truly saved, but deceived themselves and everyone around them.  I am not the judge of hearts.   However, the story of the Prodigal Son involves a son who chooses to leave and “becomes dead”, then “becomes alive” again when he returns.  I believe the parable alludes to the possibility of him not returning, in which case, he would seemingly remain dead in his sins.  The Lost Sheep parable also alludes to a sheep, who was part of the flock, gets lost, and is sought by the Shepherd. The parable states that if the sheep is found, the Shepherd rejoices. (Hebrews 10:26, Luke 15:11-32, Hebrews 6:4-6, Luke 15:3-7)

Salvation is not something that should be taken for granted.  We are to examine ourselves, to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 3:15).


The body of Christ, or the true Church, is composed of all those who have saving faith in Jesus Christ.  It exists apart from any building or denomination or tradition.  We are united together in one body, under the headship/Lordship of Jesus.  We are to gather together for worship, prayer, accountability, fellowship, teaching, good works, spreading the gospel, and exercising the spiritual gifts.

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.  Ephesians 1:22-23 ESV

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  1 Corinthians 12:12-14 ESV

For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’  teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-28 ESV

…so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Romans 12:5 ESV

 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.  Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  1 Corinthians 3:9,16

The Bible clearly teaches how the church is to be organized and how leaders are to be selected.  The Church is the Bride of Christ.


I believe that total immersion water baptism is an act of obedience to Christ following salvation.  It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality, and represents identification with Christ’s death and resurrection.  It is a symbol of the “new birth”.  Baptism itself does not save and is not required for salvation.  However, it should be strongly encouraged as soon as possible as an act of obedience.  It should be a conscious decision.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in  the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.   Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:38 ESV

Baptism should be performed in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


As believers, we are commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper, or communion, in remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins.  We are not saved through communion, but perform it to fellowship with Christ.  We are to examine our hearts before taking part and are not to take it lightly.

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.  Luke 22:19-20 ESV.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.  1 Corinthians 11:23-29 ESV

Communion helps us to remember the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!  It is therefore both a somber and a joyous event.  Each time we participate in communion we are to look forward to being with Him forever!


There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1 ESV

Once saved, I believe that we are called to abide in Christ and grow in holiness.  We are called to lay aside the world with its’ passions and walk in newness of life.  We still sin, but the desire is to get back on track and restore our relationship with God.  The Holy Spirit will continue to convict us of sin.  It is our job to listen to Him and follow His lead, to progress in sanctification.  If we “grieve” or “quench” Him, we may be disciplined by God.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 ESV

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:5 ESV

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.   Ephesians 5:16-25 ESV

But that is not the way you learned Christ!—  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:20-24 ESV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Ephesians 4:30 ESV

Do not quench the Spirit.  1 Thessalonians 5:19 ESV

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.”  Hebrews 12:6 ESV

 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,  waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14 ESV

We are the salt and light in the world and are called to be set apart for holiness.  To grow in Christ we follow the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship with the saints.  We are called to a life of service and good works – we are meant to bear fruit.  These things don’t save us or maintain our salvation, but are the result of saving faith.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  John 14:15 ESV


I believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Soon, Jesus will appear in the clouds of heaven and us to come up to be with Him.  The dead in Christ will be resurrected and transformed with the alive in Christ, we will receive eternal bodies, and so we will forever be with the Lord.  Following a period of approximately 7 years of tribulation on earth called “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”, Jesus will return to earth to set up His 1000 year Millennial Kingdom.  There will be one final rebellion after this, followed by the general resurrection of the dead and the Great White Throne Judgment.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 ESV

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.  1 Corinthians 15:51-52 ESV

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.  2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.  Revelation 20:6 ESV

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison  and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.  And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.  Revelation 20:7-10 ESV

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Matthew 25:46 ESV

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:11-15 ESV

I believe that each human ever created will consciously exist in either glory or torment for eternity.


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